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Old 02-12-2014, 12:00 PM   #1
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Any recommendations on testing for Vitamin D levels to decide whether I should take supplements; before or after I move from Ohio to Florida?
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Old 02-12-2014, 12:06 PM   #2
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Last summer I had a Bone Density Scan and at the follow up visit my Dr. had me get a Vitamin D level blood test. My levels were in the low normal range and they told me to start taking a Vitamin D supplement (OTC $6 for 100 capsules) in addition to my regular multivitamin. I expect they will check my level again at my next appt.

I did the lab work at my Drs office and the insurance allowed amount was $24. I expect if I would have gone to Quest Labs it may have been cheaper.
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Any recommendations on testing for Vitamin D levels to decide whether I should take supplements; before or after I move from Ohio to Florida?
You'll likely get more sun in Florida than Ohio...
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You'll likely get more sun in Florida than Ohio...
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It should only take about 10 minutes of sunshine a day for your body to generate enough vitamin D.
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You'll likely get more sun in Florida than Ohio...
And play lots of golf in short. I've heard Vitamin-Ds don't get easily absorbed.
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Vitamin D supplement in Florida?! Good one!
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My Doc of 20 years told me every adult should take a daily dose of vitamin D.....so I do.
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Vitamin D

I picked up a couple of bottles of D. I used to walk at least a half hour at lunch while working from about March till November, but this ridiculous winter has been keeping me indoors too much.

Edit: I am completely unqualified to offer advice on these things. Others here can.
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It should only take about 10 minutes of sunshine a day for your body to generate enough vitamin D.
I think this is wearing shorts and a tee shirt, no sunscreen? I have only my face below sunglasses exposed for at least 6 months of the year (and that's inside my house ha ha).

More here: Vitamin D: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia
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Vitamin D helps with Calcium absorption - which is important to avoid osteoporosis if you're menopausal.

However, you have to be careful to time it so you can also get enough iron... since iron absorption is blocked by vitamin D.

Or something like that.

I was deficient in Vit D and iron at my last check up - so they had me taking Vit D and Calcium in the morning, and Iron and Vit C in the evening.
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A decent dose of Vitamin D is easily obtained with reasonable exposure to the sun when we're young. Unfortunately, our ability to produce it from sunlight diminishes as we age.

Any lab can test your blood's Vitamin D level, but the supplement pills are cheap (and small, so easy to swallow), and there doesn't seem to be any risk from taking too much. 2,000 to 5,000 units a day seems to be the most frequently recommended amount.
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"Ten to 15 minutes of sunshine three times weekly is enough to produce the body's requirement of vitamin D."

Not that hard to do ....
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"Ten to 15 minutes of sunshine three times weekly is enough to produce the body's requirement of vitamin D."

Not that hard to do ....
It doesn't always work that way.
I live in San Diego and go walking at lunch time - so I'm getting more than 15 minutes of sunshine a day.
I asked my doctor about this when my bloodwork showed a deficiency.... Apparently in the 10ish years of permenopause and freshly menopausal - some women stop absorbing as well. It eventually corrects, but sunshine isn't enough during this window.

I asked my aunt, my sister, and my step mom... all had to do supplements for a few years after menopause... starting a year or two before, when they were still perimenopausal.

All lived in San Diego or Arizona... plenty of sunshine.
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Make sure and take magnesium if you decide to supplement yourself with Vit D.
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"Ten to 15 minutes of sunshine three times weekly is enough to produce the body's requirement of vitamin D."

Not that hard to do ....

I won't be outside with enough skin exposed for eight or nine months of the year.
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Living in the sunny south doesn't guarantee you'll get enough vitamin D. I live in Arizona and play golf (walking) 3 times a week and jog outside 3 times a week and my Vitamin D level was low during my last blood test. I'm taking supplements now but haven't been re-tested to determine if the levels have gone up. I do put plenty of sunscreen on whenever I'm out in the sun which does seem to impact the absorption of Vitamin D but not using sunscreen really isn't an option.
The initial bill from the lab for just the Vitamin D test was $249, the insurance company paid the lab $28. The insurance company also tried to bill me for the $28 expense saying it wasn't part of the annual physical but after a couple phone calls they agreed to pay for it.
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Lots of studies showing absolutely remarkable results from vitamin D supplements. Of course lots of other studies showing no effects at all and in some cases dangerous increases in mortality and disease linked to vitamin D supplements. Just seeing one report (favorable or unfavorable) isn't enough to know if it's right for you to take vitamin D.
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I know of an n=1 study where the 60 year old male checked vitamin d blood levels weekly. The measurements started before purposeful sun exposure in San Diego and he went to daily sunbathing at mid-day. The measurements fluctuated a lot, but did not trend. He ended up supplementing and that did increase the measurement consistently, but the measurements still fluctuated quite a bit. No sure this means anything, since its just one guy.
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Before treatment, a low 25D test result should be confirmed by testing 1,25D. This extra test is necessary because 25D is converted to 1,25D in the body, and if done to excess, can result in low 25D but high 1,25D. Some of the symptoms of high 1,25D, such as bone and teeth problems, are the same as low 25D. If that is your situation, D supplementation will not address your symptoms. Disclaimer: ask your doctor.
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